When Mike Huston saw that the incoming call was from the Seahawks, the longtime season-ticket holder was expecting the worst.
“When I saw who was calling, I thought it was about my tickets,” Huston said with a laugh. “Like the check didn’t clear or something.”
Instead, the call from the home of the Super Bowl champions turned out to be the best: Huston had been selected as the representative of the NFL's Season Ticket Member Draft Experience to deliver the Seahawks jersey that Commissioner Roger Goodell will hand to the team’s first-round draft choice on Thursday night. The initiative from the NFL works in promoting The Membership Club, the league-wide season ticket member benefits program.
“It’s pretty cool,” Huston said. “I’m really excited.”
The bonus is that Huston never has been to New York City, where the three-day draft is being conducted at Radio City Music Hall.
“It’ll be fun,” Huston said. “I’m taking my best buddy with me – Ted Neiland. He knows how to have a good time, so we’re going to have a good time.”
Huston, 58, has been through the good times and the not-so-good times with the Seahawks. A fan since the team’s inaugural season in 1976, he has been a season-ticket holder since 1985.
Huston’s longtime association with the Seahawks includes helping get Referendum 48 passed in 1997, which provided funding for what is now CenturyLink Field and was a prerequisite for Paul Allen to complete his purchase of the franchise from Ken Behring. Huston also represents the Seahawks in the Visa Hall of Fans.
From Referendum 48 to Super Bowl 48 – with a 17-year gap in between. Huston was presented with a Seahawks No. 48 jersey for his efforts with the Referendum. Now, he’s involved in the Draft Day activities for the winners of Super Bowl XLVIII.
“Strange how things work out, isn’t it?” Huston said.